Summary: Sam/Daniel. SG-1 gets into trouble off-world, and it's up to Sam to save the day.
Spoilers: Children of the Gods, Emancipation (big ones), Singularity, In the Line of Duty, Holiday, Forever in a Day, Divide and Conquer
Author's notes: Italics indicates thoughts or flashbacks, bold indicates emphasis
Disclaimer: I don't own Stargate or anything related to it.
Feedback: Always welcome.


The Day After

Jack was the first to wake up. Stretching, he looked across the room and saw the two youngest members of his team snuggled quite contentedly together on their bed. Sam was sleeping with her back to Jack. She was nestled in the crook of Daniel's arm, her head resting on his shoulder. Daniel's cheek was leaning against the top of her head, and he had a serene look on his face. One of his arms was wrapped protectively around her body and the fingers of his other hand were entwined with Sam's fingers, resting on his chest.

As Teal'c came out of his meditative state, Sam stirred, nuzzling into Daniel's neck. Jack thought they'd wake up, but she just gave a contented sigh and fell silent again. Daniel's head turned slightly as she moved, and a smile played on his lips before he kissed the top of her head in his sleep.

Jack watched them in disbelief for several more minutes, suppressing the urge to shake them awake. He sat back down on his bed, lost in thought and waited impatiently for them to wake up.

Ten minutes later, the sleeping pair started to stir again. They seemed oblivious to Jack and Teal'c's presence. Sam moaned softly, and Daniel planted another kiss on her head. "Morning," he mumbled into her hair.

"Mmm, morning," Sam said before she kissed his neck. A moment later, she remembered their audience. Her eyes flew open, and she turned quickly around to face her teammates, coming dangerously close to the edge of the bed.

Daniel tightened his arm around her to keep her from falling off the bed as she had done their first morning in this hut. "Careful," he whispered.

Sam regained her balance and sat up. She smiled gratefully at Daniel then quickly ran a hand through her hair. Clearing her throat nervously, she looked at her commanding officer. "Colonel! Good morning, sir."

Behind her, Daniel propped himself up on an elbow.

"I'll say!" Jack grinned at them. "You two sure seem cozy. Are we quite sure that this marriage is just to get us out of trouble?" He sounded amused.

Sam and Daniel exchanged a look. "We don't know, sir. It's um, something we've been exploring."

"Oh, is that what you kids call it these days," he replied, a mischievous look on his face.

The two scientists blushed, and Sam stared at the floor of the hut.

"Well, all I can say is, it's about time!" Jack exclaimed.

Daniel let out a short, surprised laugh, and Sam just looked up at her commanding officer in shock. "Sir?"

"Oh please! It was obvious to everyone that the two of you felt more for each other than simple friendship. Am I right, T?" Jack turned to Teal'c for support.

"Indeed," stated the Jaffa simply.

Jack rolled his eyes. "That's a big help, buddy. Thanks."

Daniel smiled and looked up at Sam. She was staring at Jack and Teal'c, her mouth slightly agape. Daniel touched the small of her back, and she turned to look at him. Sam returned his smile and laid a hand on his shoulder. She caressed the muscles in his arm and ran her tongue across her bottom lip. Daniel's smile widened.

Jack turned back to Sam and Daniel and watched their silent interaction. They deserve all the happiness they can give each other, Jack thought. Although he had some pretty strong feelings for Sam himself, Jack knew that they probably wouldn't survive a long-term relationship. They were too different. Jack had little tolerance for Sam's technobabble, and Sam would grow restless and frustrated if she felt obliged to participate in Jack's favourite hobbies: fishing and watching hockey. He smiled at the two scientists. Yes, Daniel is a much better choice for Sam.

Making a conscious decision to continue to be happy for them, Jack clapped his hands and rubbed them together. "Well! I hate to break up this sweet little moment you two are having, but the ritual is over. Can we get off this planet now?"

Their hut was no longer under guard, and Sam stepped outside. She could see Spirall standing nearby with some other women. "Wait here," she said to her friends, who had followed her outside.

"Sister!" greeted Spirall.

Sam bowed to her. "I am grateful for your hospitality, but the time has come for me to continue on my travels."

"Of course, I understand. Will you return to us?

"I would love to return to discuss trade between our peoples."

"You are always welcome in my lands, sister. At any time."

"Thank you, Spirall. I will not forget what you have done for me."

"We look forward to seeing you again." Spirall wished her farewell as Sam walked back to join her team.

"Mission accomplished. Let's go, guys."

Sam led her team back up the path that the warriors had taken her and Daniel several days ago. Daniel joined her leading the group and Jack and Teal'c followed behind.

"Have you thought at all about that annulment thing?" Daniel asked quietly.

"Yeah, a bit. You?"

Daniel took her hand and wove their fingers together. "Sam, I love you. I want to be married to you. But if you want to wait, we can wait. It's your call."

Sam squeezed his hand and smiled. "I love you too, Daniel. And thank you. I still need to think about it though."

"I understand." Daniel smiled. He knew that Sam's military background had made her a creature of habit. She need time to adapt to changes in her life. For now, he was content in the knowledge that she did, in fact, love him. He sighed happily, and they chatted quietly the rest of the way back to the Stargate.

Daniel dialled the DHD, and Sam entered her IDC after the Stargate whooshed to life.

On his way up the steps to the event horizon, Jack grumbled about the fact that the tribeswomen had burned perfectly good clothing. With a resigned sigh, he stepped through the Stargate.

They emerged from the other side of the wormhole, surrounded by a security team pointing their weapons at them.

"Stand down!" boomed General Hammond's voice from overhead.

The General came into the gate room and took a good look at his lead team before addressing Colonel O'Neill. "You're five days overdue, Colonel! And what are you wearing?!"

"That's a long story, sir. Permission to get changed?" Jack scowled at the airmen who were trying not to snicker at SG-1's attire.

"Granted. Debriefing in two hours, everyone."

Two hours later, the freshly showered and changed members of SG-1 had finished their post-mission check-ups in the infirmary. They sat down at the conference table in the briefing room. Colonel O'Neill, Teal'c and Daniel were all still wearing the metal collars around their necks, having been unable to remove them.

General Hammond entered the room and sat at the head of the table, looking at them expectantly.

The Colonel began by describing his and Teal'c's capture after they had left Sam and Daniel to do their work at the ruins.

"We were scouting the territory, sir, investigating a nearby stream."

Daniel and Sam exchanged a knowing look. He had been scoping out fishing spots.

Jack continued. "We were suddenly surrounded by these crazed women with spears. We defended ourselves, but there were too many of them. They tied us up and took us to their village where they locked us in a cell. Kept poking at us with their spears every time we tried to talk to them."

He shifted uncomfortably in his chair in such a way that it made everyone watching him wonder exactly which part of his body the women had been threatening. "That was pretty much the end of it until Carter showed up," Colonel O'Neill finished quickly.

Sam picked up the story. She explained to the General about how they had found a matriarchal society and that the Colonel and Teal'c had been imprisoned for speaking and being violent. Sam reported how Daniel had discovered a law that would allow for their release. They had been unable to get to the Stargate to send a report home, so they had prepared for the required ritual, performed said ritual and then been released.

"They have some pretty incredible things, General. Stones that emit light without any obvious energy inputs, other stones that fuse metal without heat—"

"Oh, that reminds me, can we get someone to take these damned things off of us?" Colonel O'Neill interrupted, tugging uselessly on his collar.

"I'll have someone look into it, Colonel. You were saying, Major?" General Hammond looked like he was trying not to smile.

"Thank you, General. I think it would be worthwhile sending another team back to negotiate trade. An all woman team, if I may suggest, sir. I have been invited to return at any time."

"Hey, you left out the best part, Carter," Colonel O'Neill said. He turned to Hammond. "We all belong to her now, sir."

"Actually, Jack it's only the marriage part of the ceremony that's legal on earth," clarified Daniel.

"Marriage?" General Hammond looked back and forth between the four members of the team.

"Yes sir. Sam and Daniel managed to get themselves hitched." The Colonel thrust his thumb in the direction of his two teammates.

"It was part of the required ritual," Daniel explained quickly, casting an uncertain glance at Sam.

Hammond nodded. "Very well. I'll give you the name of a good lawyer to help you with the annulment."

"Actually General, I don't think that will be necessary."

All heads swivelled, and they stared at Sam in surprise.

Daniel had a big grin on his face. "Really?"

She smiled. "Really."

He swallowed her up in a huge hug as the other men in the room watched.

"General Hammond, I'd like to request some personal leave" Daniel slipped his arm around Sam's shoulders.

The General couldn't help but laugh. "Can I assume that you'd like an identical leave, Major?"

Sam grinned. "If it's not too much trouble, sir."

"We've gotten by without the four of you for almost a week. Another week without you won't kill us. Just make sure you're somewhere we can reach you in case of a planetary emergency."

"Thank you, General," they replied happily.

"I'm putting SG-1 on stand down for one week. That should be enough time for you to recover from your confinement," General Hammond said to Jack and Teal'c, "And for you two to have a nice little honeymoon," he continued, turning to Sam and Daniel. "I think a celebration is in order," he concluded, beaming like a proud father.

"Ooh!" exclaimed Jack excitedly. "With cake!"

"Indeed." Teal'c nodded.

"Why don't we all get together at my place this Friday," offered Jack. He leaned closer to Teal'c, and they started planning the party.

"Permission to contact the Tok'ra, General?" Sam asked.

General Hammond laughed. "Are you kidding? Your father would have my head if I didn't let you tell him this news immediately."

The General smiled, his old friend Jacob Carter had confided some time ago that he had thought his daughter and her archaeologist friend were extremely well suited for each other. General Hammond had agreed, and they had both quietly hoped that the two scientists would get together. Now that they finally had, Hammond knew that Jacob would be very pleased.

Hammond decided that he'd call the President later that day to request a special dispensation for the newlyweds to remain on the same team together. It would make a nice wedding gift for the happy couple.

"Thank you, General," she said happily.

"SG-1, you're dismissed," said Hammond.

Daniel looked around at his friends as they all stood up. He gazed down at Sam and smiled. She wrapped her arms around his waist and hugged him tightly. Daniel lowered his lips to hers and kissed her. Sam responded, but she pulled away quickly. She looked around the room nervously. Daniel smiled, imagining the internal war currently going on between her military upbringing and her feelings. He was looking forward to brokering peace between those two factions of her personality.

Sam sighed with satisfaction. It had been a trying few days, but they had made it. She forced herself to relax in the comforting feeling of Daniel's arm around her. Her arm tightened around his waist as she quelled the fear she felt stirring inside her and was reassured by Daniel's answering squeeze. There was nothing to fear. Everything was going to change, but she and Daniel could survive anything as long as they were together. Sam looked up at her new husband and smiled. Now, they'd always be together. Now, they were unstoppable.

So, that's it.
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